"GIS is an important tool - one that helps shape the world around us"
Geographic information systems (GIS) constitute a powerful technology that can address many of the information needs of decision makers in government and corporate.
A computer-based GIS provides an electronic process for managing, integrating, and analyzing massive amounts of geographic information by combining location information with descriptive data in a relational database management system. When deployed properly, GIS and related techniques can greatly facilitate the timely evaluation of issues and the comparison of alternatives for policy and business decisions.
Applications of this technology will be of growing national importance, improving effectiveness of organizations especially those responsible for water resource, Health & sanitation, environmental management, economic development, and public service delivery etc.
Most geographic database systems are self-contained islands of information that are difficult to cross access or integrate. Thus, the agency generating the data tends to be the only one that can use it, even though other agencies may need the information to address wider concerns. PERI GIS Practice specializes in helping clients navigate through their enterprise-wide Infrastructure, utilizing "Best Practices" to create a roadmap to realize the full benefits of their investment.
GIS is a powerful approach for integrating information
Since all governments are charged with matters within a specific geographic region, the associated data comes with a geographic component through which it can be organized, accessed and analyzed in a GIS. Understanding where things happen is often a key to delivering government services. Integrating information from diverse sources based on where things happen, or where things are, has proven to be a powerful way to plan and deliver public services more effectively and efficiently. GIS is of particular importance and concern to local governments, because virtually everything they do is tied to a place. Police, fire protection, ambulance dispatch, town and country planning, building permits, sewer and water pipes, schools, hospitals and primary health centres, recreational facilities, traffic management, street lighting, and property taxes are all inextricably linked to particular places and geographic service areas. Geographic information systems can be used, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of each of these services. PERI GIS Practice team members work in tandem with clients to prioritize a GIS strategy focused on delivery of identified business and Policy objectives.
PERI portfolio of GIS enabled Decision support systems
Custom maps, showing selected data layers, can be displayed on the computer or generated as a hard copy product. The user can define the scale and the area to be mapped. Data layers can be added or deleted to fit the user's requirements. PERI, GIS technology emphasizes analysis rather than plain map making. Analytical applications in GIS involve the integration of different data layers to solve a problem or answer a question faced by clients.
Where is the best location for a site landfill, a new school or hospital or restaurant, or a highway by-pass? The GIS user first defines the site selection criteria. The criteria may include the geology, soil-type, current land use, location of protected lands (parks or wildlife refuges) or environmentally sensitive areas (water supply watersheds), proximity to roads, the cost to purchase the land parcels, etc. The GIS permits the integration and evaluation of the geographic and demographic data to identify areas that meet the pre-defined criteria.
Emergency Response Planning
Using GIS, emergency management personnel can evaluate a variety of data layers, including elevation, storm characteristics (strength, speed, and direction), land use information, population distribution, and transportation networks to identify the areas that may be inundated by the storm surge, the population that may be affected, and the best evacuation routes. This will be very helpful for managing disaster caused by cyclone, floods, tsunami etc
Setting up a retail network or managing a fleet. Administrators use GIS, analyzing factors such as traveling distance, locations to select routes that optimize the fleet strength and fuel costs.
What is the potential impact of a proposed new housing or industrial development on a community's drinking water supply? Which forest areas need to be preserved to prevent damage to economically important, recreational trout fishing streams? Is a proposed new drinking water supply located too close to an abandoned waste site? In each of these examples, GIS can be used to integrate and evaluate multiple data layers and attributes and then generate information that enables public officials and resource managers to make more informed decisions.
GIS Solutions for different Industries
Many businesses are using GIS for demographic analysis, customer segmentation, target marketing, competitive analysis, risk management, route planning, expansion analysis etc.
In the health care industry GIS can be used for research and planning, facilities and resource management, marketing and promotion.
State and Central governments can use GIS for providing public service, welfare schemes implementation and monitoring, voter registration and administration, zoning and land use controls, and emergency response planning etc.
LOGISTICS, TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT
Organizations with delivery vehicles can use GIS for Transportation planning, routing and scheduling, facilities management, Traffic management, vehicle tracking, dispatch planning and warehouse operations.
GIS offers farmers various opportunities to increase production, reduce input costs, and manage the land in their care more efficiently. GIS is being used for crop production analysis, precision farming, regulatory compliance, Field data collection, Crop acreage estimation, Soil analysis and conservation, Land use mapping, Harvest scheduling, Pollution and erosion management, Irrigation management, soil disease management etc.
Telecommunications companies have implemented GIS for communication network routing, operations management, wireless engineering, target marketing, customer support, construction management etc.
Utilities like Gas and Electric companies use GIS for marketing, customer service, transmission and distribution system management, power generation and load management, meter reading, billing and collection, finance, operations, and engineering planning and design.
GIS is in use by the Petroleum Industry for retail network planning, distribution, facilities management, and exploration. Clients can use our GIS based decision support systems to decide where to drill a well, route a pipeline, build a refinery, set up a fuel station, reclaim a site etc.
GIS is an integral part of environmental management today. GIS can be used for site remediation, natural resource management, waste management, flood management, vegetation mapping, Ground and surface water management, watershed and hydrological modeling, well- head protection, water quality monitoring, pollution studies, water distribution master planning, population and demand projections, water flow analysis. forest resource management, environmental impact assessment, wasteland development, wetland conservation, endangered species mapping, environmental monitoring, endemic management etc.
GIS allows us to integrate a wide variety of data into one, common format - a map. Presenting our clients with a visual representation of all the information affecting the desirability and value of a property can give a far more accurate picture of a property's suitability to their needs.
GIS based asset management, geo-tagging, crime tracking and analysis, market assessment, facility optimization and management etc.
Our team members add tremendous value throughout the GIS initiative cycle. By first identifying and defining a business goal, we work together with clients' personnel members to leverage internal knowledge of the business processes. From there, PERI team members work with clients to identify opportunities for improvement.
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